Our Practitioners

Meet our qualified practitioners and our trainees and training assistants.

All the practitioners featured on this page are fully qualified and insured and have regular supervision and peer supervision. They undertake their own personal shadow work sessions regularly and undergo monitored continued professional development.

Rachel J. Mitchell – Healing The Shadow practitioner

Rachel J Mitchell

Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Area: Bristol

Contact: Racheljmitchell88@gmail.com

I’m a full time Healing The Shadow Practitioner and I work face to face with individuals at my practice room in Bristol. I work with clients to support them in getting to know and understand themselves better, in changing long held patterns and beliefs imprinted on them in childhood, in healing emotional wounds, in finding more connection and a felt sense of safety in their relationships and in reclaiming their natural gifts and strengths.

My intention is to create a non judgmental and respectful environment where every aspect of the person is welcomed into the room, from their fear, doubts, hatefulness, darkness, vulnerabilities, everything from the parts they feel the deepest shame about to their greatest strengths and power. I provide a space where all these parts can be explored, cared for and reintegrated.

I’m continuously softened, empowered and humbled by this transformational work. And I’m drawn to working closely with the body and its wisdom, in which our unconscious pain and trauma is stored. The body can reveal to us what is ready to be felt, witnessed and transformed. I see Shadow Work as soul care, restoring the mind body spirit connection and allowing more of our innate qualities to be embodied, which I think in turn can free us up to experience more authenticity and depth in our relationships.

Shadow Work has been a powerful part of my own journey as I have worked to heal and integrate significant childhood trauma. It has helped me to heal these places in myself and to step into my power. My mission is to support others in integrating and transforming these wounded areas, in deeply healing and in flourishing from even the darkest places. I continue to receive Shadow Work and a diversity of therapies to support me in bringing compassion and care to the areas that were impacted by these early experiences.

I am going to be working as part of the training team on the 2023 Healing The Shadow training. It’s important to me to be part of the Healing The Shadow training team and to be supporting more practitioners to step out into the world and deliver this work. I gained such an incredible amount of skills, knowledge and healing from my experience as a trainee and I know the importance of knowing and owning my own shadow in order to be able to hold deeply and with integrity. It’s important to me that more and more people get to be held in a safe, clean, professional and deeply compassionate way, as I believe our wounds ( once worked with ) become phenomenal strengths, and I love to witness people discovering themselves in this way. I feel a deep commitment to continuing to grow and develop my practice and skill, very glad I am to be part of this journey.

I am under regular supervision.

I welcome LGBTQIA+ clients, and clients from all ethnic backgrounds to my practice.

In 2017 I trained with Amanda Rayment and Dominique Sakoilsky on a year long course as a Women’s Health Practitioner.

In 2018 I continued my learnings on deeply listening and attending to the body and the nervous system as well as exploring Relationship to Self with Amanda Rayment.

And most recently I trained for two years with Marianne Hill and Rod Boothroyd and qualified as a Healing The Shadow practitioner in October 2021

Click here to read testimonials from Rachel’s clients

Richard Martyn – Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Richard Martyn

Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Areas: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, South Wales, Bristol and West Midlands.

Telephone: 07816310803

Email: richardmartynhts@gmail.com

A lifetime in industry has given me substantial experience of management and leadership:  the kind of leadership that fits into a hierarchical organisation and strives to meet deadlines and corporate objectives.

In contrast, more recently I have been attracted to the heart-centred qualities of Sovereign leadership that are so necessary for a healthy and healing relationship with my clients as we explore and navigate their shadows together. And together with these heart-centred, Sovereign qualities, I have discovered an ability to connect and work with the sensitive Inner Child that resides inside all of us, and which bears the scars of many childhood wounds.

For so many people, the emotional wounds our parents bring to their parental role, coupled with the demands of a busy life, result in the innermost needs of their children not being met. This was certainly true for me. I grew up on a busy farm where the paramount demands of farming life often meant that my emotional needs were not met. And so, during my own life journey I have faced deep personal loss and addiction. In fact, my own healing journey started with confronting addiction in a 12-step fellowship, and helping others to do the same.

The two year journey I have travelled with Marianne Hill and Rod Boothroyd during the Healing The Shadow training programme has served me in two ways; firstly to delve deeply into my own shadows and uncover my deepest wounds and bring healing to them, and secondly to equip me with the knowledge and skills, which, together with my own life-experience and innate abilities, enables me to facilitate others on their own journey. The knowledge of processes and psychological theory is important, but maybe more important are the qualities of warmth, empathy and attunement which I bring to the client relationship.

My way of working is always to be client centred and client led, to allow the client to lead the journey of self-development, to be a companion and expert guide on the path that they follow, and to provide the support, encouragement and safe holding necessary for them to explore the deeper, darker parts of themselves. In this way, they can bring conscious light and healing to their oldest wounds, allowing them to grow and mature into a life of meaning and joy unfettered by the shackles of the past.

Click here to read testimonials from Richard’s clients

Laura Stoddart – Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Laura Stoddart

Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Areas: South Devon and Frome, Somerset

Telephone: 07854 374 130


Website: shadowworkdevon.co.uk

8 years ago, when I started to engage with my own personal journey of emotional healing with Marianne Hill, I was initially struck by the power and effectiveness of the work, and later by the desire to bring it to as many other people as possible. Taking the Healing The Shadow training course seemed a natural way forward and this fabulous two year training – thorough, broad reaching and deep – has enabled me to offer to others the professional, highly effective, safe and shame free sessions that I have benefitted from myself over the years.  I work one to one with people who are searching for healing, or a deeper understanding of what is true for them, or simply looking for a stronger sense of emotional well-being.

I have a passion for the uncovering of truth – and what it really means for each individual person I meet and work with. The greatest reward of working as a Healing The Shadow practitioner is to see people, as we work together, unfold into the true nature of who they really are. My work is underpinned by compassion, respect and intuition, and a belief that every person has the capacity to heal and has the resources they need inside themselves.
 I live and work in South Devon. I also practice from the Green Room in Frome.

Alasdair Kirk – Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Alasdair Kirk

Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Areas: Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset,

South Wales, West Midlands & Online sessions via Zoom

Telephone: 07878 964 792

Email: ali@inner-truth.co.uk

Website: www.inner-truth.co.uk

I am passionate about holding the space for men and woman to feel safe and to connect deeply and authentically with themselves. It is a privilege to hold individuals in such a way that the forgotten, wounded and repressed parts of themselves can feel safe enough to surface and be explored.

I facilitate shadow work deep process as a tool in transforming limited beliefs and behaviours, in healing emotional wounds, raising power and agency, and bringing the best version of ourselves into our daily lives and into our relationships. I see people as whole and complex human beings, held in relationship, with great potential. I am passionate about helping others clear their barriers to growth, find deep connection in relationship, and to discover and reclaim those latent qualities of their personalities that are an authentic component of their full expression.

With an academic background in Psychology and Neuroscience (B.Sc Hons), I have a particular interest in how trauma is held in the body and how the processing of deeply held emotion leads to better physical and mental health. There are a cascade of impacts on the physiological systems of the body as emotions are processed, and with this a new inner experience of regulation and safety can emerge which is naturally brought into the relationship we have with ourselves and with others.

I bow to your willingness and courage to turn towards your difficulties, bringing light to those troubled parts and your limitations. In doing so you will find greater ease and alignment, develop greater compassion for yourself and others, and become more available to be in service to your community and to the times. I believe that the ripples outwards from these inner shifts cannot be underestimated and are a key component of the greater shift that our culture needs.

I offer one-to-one sessions in Hereford and Abergavenny & Online sessions via Zoom

For resources and to find out more about the work I do, visit – www.inner-truth.co.uk

Click here to read testimonials from Ali’s clients

Marianne Hill - Healing The Shadow Trainer

Marianne Hill – Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Marianne Hill

Healing The Shadow Trainer

Healing The Shadow Practitioner and Group Facilitator

Area: Frome, Somerset

Website: www.healingtheshadow.co.uk

I began my journey as a practitioner when I trained as a couples’ counsellor back in 2003. I learned about the hidden connections that play out in intimate and family relationships, and the wounds that bind people into dances which unfold without their knowledge or awareness. I watched in awe as the journey between couples evolved and they were guided towards healing and a deepening and enrichment of their relationship. 

After several years of work as a couples’ counsellor I began to develop an interest in healing through the body. I undertook a personal journey of exploration around body work and forms of deep relaxation and healing and this resulted in me training as a shiatsu practitioner. The language of the body has since become integral to my work. I find that listening to the body offers a direct access to our unconscious and can provide a pathway to healing.

It was through my work as a shiatsu practitioner that I became aware of the concept of the shadow and the hidden unconscious forces that shape our lives. I saw that the shadow linked directly to the unconscious systemic forces that I studied in couple’s and family work, and the unconscious pain and trauma held within the tissues of the body. I then went on to train in shadow work and this became the basis of my practice. I work with individuals, couples and groups.

I started the Healing The Shadow® community in 2018 with my fellow practitioner Rod Boothroyd. We have now established the Two and Three Year Practitioner Trainings for those wishing to learn the art of working with the shadow and healing deep emotional wounds.

I am completely committed to developing and holding a compassionate and transformative space, for my trainees and my clients alike, where people can explore and heal their shadows in a warmly supportive, shame free and emotionally mature environment.

Rod Boothroyd – Healing The Shadow Practitioner

Rod Boothroyd

Healing The Shadow Trainer

Healing The Shadow Practitioner and Group Facilitator

Area: Frome and on-line work


Phone   07788 502 902

My interest in psychotherapy developed over 20 years ago after leaving a management position in industry and experiencing a profound sense of a lack of direction, purpose, and meaning in my life. I was alienated from and dissatisfied with the corporate way of life. And so, determined never to return to a world driven by the pursuit of profit, where unethical practices were overlooked and personal relationships were regarded as unimportant, I soon found myself in deep psychotherapy. The revelations around the true nature of humanity, and the personal change and growth that I gained from this personal work, was so profound that I determined to forge a new career in this area.

I entered onto the training in Transactional Analysis at the Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy in 1999. This led me into a whole series of further explorations and trainings, including vision quests, solo trekking in the wilderness, trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy, exploration of group work with the Mankind Project and training in shadow work, until I eventually found myself running highly successful group workshops for men  with my colleagues Ed Rooke and Dermot Fitzpatrick. The fascination of how people can heal their emotional wounds by exploring and integrating their shadow has never left me, and continues to this day in my work with Marianne and in my private practice with one-to-one clients.
Now, our training course also offers the privilege of bringing others into this much-needed profession. I am proud of our capacity to convey the subtleties and nuances of both the counselling process and the shadow work techniques.

Christopher Koller – 2nd Year Trainee

Christopher Koller

2nd Year Trainee

Area: London

I have a post graduate honours degree in Clinical Psychology and Philosophy, and while I decided to apply myself in the commercial world of business & brand for the last 15 years, I always knew I would return one day to the formal practice of working with individuals to achieve transformative healing & creative growth.

My partner, Rachel Wilson, and I founded the Intuition Institute to provide both individuals & businesses with a transformative and practical structure to use in realising their visions & goals.  The way we work provides the tools with which to heal and create in a conscious and replicable way.

Natasha Maher – Training Assistant.

Natasha Maher

Training Assistant

Area: Bristol

I trained as an Integrative counsellor at the Bath centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I run a private practice in Bristol where I integrate psychodynamic principles, Internal Family Systems Therapy, shadow work, dream work, neuroscience and mindfulness. I also have a master’s degree in psychology.

I manage the counselling service at a local higher Education college which includes working with young adults.  I am also employed at a private hospital in Bristol as a sessional counsellor.

My areas of special interest are anxiety, self-compassion and working with anger. I am passionate about shadow work and working with parts as a way to become more balanced and whole.

Nicola Gunning – Training Assistant

Nicola Gunning

Training assistant

Area: Bath and Bristol

I have a background in social care specialising in substance misuse, street based sex work, mothers and babies at risk and volunteer management and training. I am a trained doula and shiatsu practitioner, specialising in pre and post natal shiatsu. I am a director of an alternative education community running a self directed learning project for 5 – 14 year old children.

Shadow work has been a significant part of my personal development over the last 7 years and I have  worked with Marianne individually and in groups, as well as, more recently, learning the Five Fields Framework and assisting on the Authentic Communication workshop.